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  • Susan's Turn: My First Job in IT
  • Jon's First IT Job
  • IBM i News You May Have Missed
  • Need Another Reason to Convert to RPG IV?
  • The IT Skills Gap
  • More RPG Language Goodies

    Sorry we missed writing a blog post last week—we were hard at work filling the brains of the attendees at the RPG & DB2 Summit. One of our guest speakers was IBM’s RPG compiler queen, Barbara Morris, and of course she was asked what enhancements we might expect to see in future updates to RPG. In her customary fashion, Barbara would not give away any secrets, but did tell the questioner that they wouldn’t have long to wait to find out. Sorry we missed writing a blog

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    Posted: October 07, 2014 |

    Old Programmers Never Die ...

    A reader sent us a link to a discussion he thought would interest us and it did (thanks, Bill!). The subject is "Do people lose interest in programming as they age?" Hmmmmm … whatever do you think made him think of us?

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    Posted: September 23, 2014 |

    Tidbits on Training Java Programmers and Apple Announcements

    Find out why we love teaching RPG to Java programmers and why we are excited about the Apple announcement.

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    Posted: September 17, 2014 |

    You Can Never Have Too Many RSE Shortcuts

    As part of our preparations for the upcoming RPG & DB2 Summit in Minneapolis we've just released the latest edition of our "Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts for RSE" card. All you RSE/RDi users out there, feel free to download and print it. Alternatively there's an email link on the page where you can ask for hard copies of the shortcut card, which are a bit more durable and easier to pin up next to your workstation.

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    Posted: September 02, 2014 |

    Who Was That Masked Man? Or That Masked Value?

    In a recent post, we voiced our concerns about the potential for application error when taking advantage of the masking support related to RCAC in V7.2 of DB2 for i.

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    Posted: August 26, 2014 |

    Boost Your RDi productivity With iSphere

    Back in March 2013 we wrote an article for the IBM i Extra enewsletter in which we covered the basics of the new iSphere plug-in for RDi. Since that time, iSphere has received several enhancements, so when we saw the announcement this week of an updated version, we decided we had to take another look. Boy are we glad we did! The range of features they have added to this excellent tool is impressive.

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    Posted: August 19, 2014 |

    Scratching the Programming Itch

    In a blog post back in March we mentioned that we had participated in a KickStarter campaign to help fund the development of Scratch Jr., an evolution of the original MIT Scratch project. Last week the iPad version of Scratch Jr. was released to the world via the App Store and Jon has been having fun ever since.

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    Posted: August 05, 2014 |

    RPG Speed Dating

    Remember Y2K? It is somewhat mind-blowing to realize just how many years have elapsed since then. We were both working for IBM at the time and were heavily involved in IBM's efforts to provide tools and education to remediate the problem. In fact teaching IBMers and ISVs about IBM's Bypass2000 product took both of us around the world including our first (and to date only) visit to China. It was an interesting time.

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    Posted: July 30, 2014 |

    OCEAN Views

    Last week we spoke at the OCEAN User Group's annual conference in Costa Mesa in (normally) sunny California. It was great to see that like several other IBM i events lately, their numbers were up from previous years at the main event. They also had excellent attendance at the dinner and keynote session, featuring Alison Butterill talking about modernization and at a pre-conference workshop on Ruby for IBM i.

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    Posted: July 22, 2014 |

    Programming Highs and Tire Lows

    Last week we experienced an interesting mix of high and low points.

    The big high for us was teaching a class of Java programmers about the joys of RPG. We also spent a little time on RDi, but since they already used Rational Application Developer for their Java work that was mostly just to introduce them to the IBM i specific features.

    Three things helped make this an enjoyable class to teach:

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    Posted: July 15, 2014 |

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